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Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center

Jackson, Mississippi Updated: September 2016

Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Mental Health Service (11M) 1500 East Woodrow Wilson Drive Jackson, MS 39216-5116 601.364.1350

Jackson VA hospital website

Postdoctoral Fellowship website

Application due: January 6, 2017

Accreditation Status

The Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center (GVSMVAMC) is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Our next site visit is scheduled for 2019.

APPIC Membership

In 2011, our fellowship program was approved for membership in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center (APPIC). Our APPIC member number is 9929.

Contents Eligibility Requirements 3 Application Procedures 3 Interview and Selection Process 4 Stipend and Benefits 4 Psychology Setting and Training Programs 5 Training Model and Program Philosophy 6 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program’s General Goals and Objectives 7 Emphasis Areas 8 Addictive Disorders Emphasis Area 8 Geriatric Mental Health Emphasis Area 12 HIV/Liver Disease Emphasis Area 17 Neuropsychology Emphasis Area 21 Psychosocial Rehabilitation Emphasis Area 27 Supervision 30 Didactic Training 31 Requirements for Completion 31 Facility and Training Resources 32 Administrative Policies and Procedures 32 Postdoctoral Training Faculty 32 G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VAMC 33 University of Mississippi Medical Center 38 Mississippi Methodist Rehabilitation Center 38 Past and Present Trainees 39 Local Information 39

Eligibility Requirements

Fellowship applicants must show a genuine interest in and aptitude for clinical psychology training and an expressed desire to learn how to provide state-of-the-art assessment and intervention to Veteran populations and their families who are experiencing difficulties with behavioral health, cognitive, and/or addictive disorders. Applicants are expected to have acquired a solid skill-set in assessment, intervention, and scholarly activity (e.g., peer-reviewed publications, educational or conference presentations) by the time they begin fellowship training. This can be documented through previous training experiences, letters of recommendation, statements of interest, and interviews.

The following are the eligibility crieteria to be considered for the fellowship:

· Completion of an APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical or counseling psychology.

· Completion of a psychology pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology which is both accredited by the APA (or VA internship in the process of accreditation) and listed, in good standing, with APPIC.

· Citizenship in the United States of America. Verification of citizenship is required following selection. All fellows must complete a Certification of Citizenship in the United States prior to beginning VA training.

· Male applicants born after 12/31/1959 must have registered for the draft by age 26 to be eligible for any US government employment, including selection as a paid VA trainee. Male applicants must sign a pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration before they can be processed into a training program. Exceptions, which are very rarely granted, can only be approved by the US Office of Personnel Management.

· Completion of and passing fingerprinting and background checks.

· Willingness to accept a full-time, 1-year appointment. Fellows choosing the neuropsychology emphasis area have the option of pursuing a second year of training.

Note: the VA conducts drug screening exams on randomly selected personnel as well as on new employees. Fellows are not required to be tested prior to beginning work, but once on staff they are subject to random selection for testing as are other employees.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following mateials via e-mail or regular mail to the address below by January 6, 2017:

· Cover letter expliciting indicating the emphasis area under consideration (i.e., Addictive Disorders, Geriatric Mental Health, HIV/Liver Disease, Neuropsychology, or Psychosocial Rehabilitation)

· Curriculum vitae

· Three (3) letters of recommendation with at least one (1) from an internship supervisor

· Official transcripts of graduate work

· Two (2) scholarly or clincial work samples (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, de-identified assessment reports, published case reports)

E-mail Address:

Mailing Address: Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Attention: Andrew Voluse, Ph.D.

Director of Training, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (116A4)

G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center

1500 East Woodrow Wilson Drive

Jackson, MS 39216-5116

Interview and Selection Process

All completed applications will be reviewed by members of the training faculty. Based on this review, applicants who appear to be a good fit with our program will be invited for an in-person or telephone interview at the GVSMVAMC.

In-person interviews are highly encouraged in order for applicants and faculty to make more informed decisions about fit between applicants’ training goals and those offered by our programs. Full-day interviews will be conducted in early February. They will include a meeting and orientation with training leadership and interviews with different psychology staff members, including track coordinators and current fellows. Applicants with a disability who require accommodations for the application process or interview are encouraged to directly contact the training director ( to discuss their needs. We will make every effort to create reasonable accommodations upon request.

In the event that an applicant is unable to arrange for an on-site interview, we will consider making accomodations to conduct the interview by telephone.

After interviews have been completed, members of the training faculty will meet to rank order applicants for each of the emphasis areas. For the Addictive Disorders, Geriatric Mental Health, HIV/Liver Disease, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation emphasis areas, offers are made by telephone to the highest ranked applicant. For the Neuropsychology emphasis area, we participate in the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) Resident Matching Program (APPCN Match Website) and maintain full compliance with the procedures required by APPCN, including ranking and uniform notification dates. For all emphasis areas, once it has been confirmed that a particular applicant has accepted our offer, written and/or electronic notification is sent out to the new psychology postdoctoral fellow.

Stipend and Benefits

Stipends and benefits are competitive with similar training programs nationally and consistent with VA personnel policies. The salary for all first-year fellows is set at $42,239 per annum by VA Central Office. Fellows are expected to work full-time, accruing 2080 hours per year. Benefits include 13 paid vacation days, 13 paid sick leave days, 10 paid federal holidays, health insurance, and authorized absences (to attend professional conferences and other approved educational activities) may also be granted. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue a without compensation (WOC) appointment with UMMC to take advantage of their library, lecture series, and other educational resources.

Psychology Setting and Training Programs

The primary catchment area of the GVSMVAMC is home to more than 125,000 Veterans and their families. We serve approximately 45,000 unique Veterans who make more than 300,000 outpatient visits per year. The GVSMVAMC has 163 operating beds and provides primary, secondary, and tertiary medical, surgical, neurological, and psychiatric inpatient care. Among the inpatient services available to Veterans are radiation therapy, magnetic resonance imaging, hemodialysis, cardiac catheterization, sleep studies, hematology/oncology, and rehabilitation programs. Both primary and specialized outpatient services are also available, including ambulatory surgery, spinal cord injury, neurology, infectious disease. We have a 120-bed Community Living Center, several community contract nursing homes, four 150-bed state Veterans’ nursing homes, and a variety of outpatient programs aimed at serving the needs of aging and/or disabled Veterans and their families. Given that many of our Veterans reside in rural or geographically isolated areas, the GVSMVAMC also has seven Community Based Outpatient clinics (CBOCs) located across the state of Mississippi.

Psychology services at the GVSMVAMC are largely provided in the context of interdisciplinary programs that offer assessment and treatment in inpatient, residential, and outpatient settings. Psychologists at the GVSMVAMC are well respected and serve in important mental health and facility leadership positions (e.g., Team Leaders, Research & Development Committee, IRB Committee). Psychologists are team leaders for the Addictive Disorders Treatment Program, the Trauma Recovery Program, and the Evidenced-Based Psychotherapy Clinic. Psychologists also serve as coordinators of the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center. Psychology positions are also allocated to the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic, Community Living Center, and Primary Care Mental Health. Several psyc